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AFSCME child care providers join others to push better ERDC funding
Updated On: Apr 16, 2013
These little lobbyists helped AFSCME and SEIU child care providers tell their story to legislators on March 27.

Local 132 helps advocate for waiting list parents to receive Employment-Related Day Care

Sometimes the best-laid plans become victims of circumstance, and that happened a little bit to Oregon AFSCME Child Care Provid

Sometimes the best-laid plans become victims of circumstance, and that happened a little bit to Oregon AFSCME Child Care Providers who participated in an Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC) Lobby Day on March 27. As you may have heard, March 27 turned into "PERS Day" at the capitol, which sort of overshadowed everything else.


Still, Local 132 (CCPT) staff representatives Faye Zepeda and Gloria Gonzalez, plus Local 132 members Shelly Campbell and Penelope Vaughn, joined providers from SEIU, Kinder Care and advocates from Children First to talk with legislators on the importance of removing the cap on the number of families allowed to participate in ERDC.


Campbell and Vaughn met with Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene), one of the legislators who has been diligently tracking the ERDC issue.


"Rep. Nathanson understands that if a parent doesn't have access to affordable, stable care for their children they can't go to work," says Council 75 Political Coordinator Eva Rippeteau. "For many people entering the workforce for the first time — or after looking for work through the recession — the jobs they are getting are lower wage. Having open enrollment for ERDC will allow a parent to take a job and get access to quality care immediately and not have to worry about being on the wait list."


Despite the hullabaloo over PERS that day, Zepeda says the providers had a good time and made some important contacts.


"It was good to see so many different groups banded together to support the cause," she said.


There is always more information on Local 132 and its providers on the CCPT website.


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